This past weekend we had an extremely informative meeting based on the idea of philanthropy. Three speakers came and talked about their job and why they are so passionate about it. The speakers came from Synergy, Salvation Army, and Hallmark. All of which have a drive and love for philanthropy. The one that stuck out to me the most, however, was the speaker from Salvation Army. He talked about the process of what they do, alongside with why he loves to do it. He talked about how he doesn’t want recognition for what he does, but he just wants to make a difference. To me this is should be the very basis of social work. With social work, it’s not about the person volunteering, but the reason they are volunteering. The way he spoke about his job really struck a chord with me. Here’s a person who doesn’t want huge amounts of money, but is still extremely happy. This was the case with all three speakers. Each and every one of them had a huge smile when talking about their jobs. It’s because they are doing something they love, not something that will make them rich. I believe that this is what philanthropy does to a person. It makes them see the bigger picture. It makes them appreciate life and the people living it.
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